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The ABCs of Divorce Communication
While attitude is the key factor in all relationships breakdown in communication is the part that is visible. Take a divorcing or divorced couple, add intense emotion, a pinch of sensitive issues and you may have the proverbial pot boiling over. Here are some basic tools to smooth the way:
Listening is not the same as agreeing. By providing plenty of space for the other person to say what they need does not send a message of "giving in" or "conceding." Listening is the beginning of a conversation that can actually lead to productive result. Communication is a shared responsibility. If one person does their part in earnest, the other is encouraged to do the same.
To file for divorce, one spouse must have lived in California for the last six months, and the county where the action is filed for the last three months. Spouses who have lived in California for at least six months, but in different counties for at least three months can file in either county. These California residency requirements must be met in order for the court to have jurisdiction of the case.
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